Depression: Loosening the Noose of Stigma

first_imgI’ve run into the subject of depression quite a bit recently.Coincidentally and through no deliberate search of my own, I have come face-to-face with what seems to be a significant cultural shift in our alternative sports community… we are suddenly opening up, showing vulnerability, and reaching out to others for help. That is so incredibly awesome!I have encountered this subject so much in personal conversations and media over the past month that I feel compelled to share some of the puzzle pieces. Maybe this information can spur a butterfly effect that could change or save a life…This commentary by Simon Sinek sets the stage… while a bit hard on millenials, it demonstrates our generation’s vulnerabilities towards depression. These include operating in a highly filtered social media existence, having a degree of convenience and instant gratification to many aspects of life, and not always realizing that we must first climb the mountain in order to reach the summit (love that analogy). Check it out regardless of which generation you belong to… Rob is a member of our Southeast whitewater kayaking community, and his willingness to address a very personal and difficult subject is admirable and powerful. I believe he is absolutely correct about people being afraid to speak up because we don’t want to be a downer, and we think it clashes with optimism and a positive attitude. But here’s the thing… if you’ve ever heard of Asch’s conformity experiments, and the “single dissenter” psychological phenomenon, it only takes one person to stand up to give others hope and a voice. Wellness: The Dark RideThis article from Mountain Life Magazine digs deeper into the intricate relationships of these threads. The topic of sadness and hardship being taboo is revisited, as is the critical role of peer validation. One new piece to the puzzle is the effect that elevation can have on brain chemistry. When considered together, a fragile house of cards begins to emerge. But what is also evident is that silence and fear are giving way to support and love. As the article points out, there are 350 million other people on Earth dealing with something similar!Note- The title of this blog was borrowed from a meaningful quote by Greg McDonnell within this Mountain Life piece.Searching for SeroRenowned adventure photographer John Rathwell and his partner Tracy Guenard put this project together to tell compelling stories about life and joy in the outdoors. Sero is short for serotonin, the chemical believed to contribute to a feeling of happiness, and the Searching for Sero mission is to shine light on mental wellness and suicide prevention.   Rolling Stone / Dave MirraThis piece of journalism is a powerful and sobering convergence of every factor in this discussion, with one additional component: head injuries. As it turns out, every one of these depression risk factors is exacerbated by a condition discovered in pro football players around 2000. CTE is a degenerative brain disease linked to concussions and depression, and even mild concussions can increase the risk of depression and suicide. The article focuses on legendary BMX rider Dave Mirra, who tragically took his own life in 2016. That event put the extreme sports community on its heels, and sparked a lot of research into the relationship between brain trauma and depression.These conversations and articles have had a significant effect on me. I am a millennial who enjoys extreme sports and playing at altitude, and I have hit my head more times than I care to admit. Like it or not, I have signed up for a life of extreme highs and sometimes dramatic lows. Is this information reason enough to quit the sports that I love and live life in a bubble? Hell no!But I do know that I will pay closer attention to depression in my own life and in those of my friends. “The stoke” will live on, and hopefully we will be able to take care of ourselves and each other in a more informed way… Good lines.last_img read more

Peter King Slams Cruz’s ‘New York Values’ Insult: ‘Go Back Under a Rock’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo demanded that Cruz apologize to the residents of New York before noting that such an offering from Cruz would likely be unwelcomed.“Not that I believe they need it or they want it,” Cuomo said on NY1.Cruz’s opponents labeled him a hypocrite, pointing to his indulgence for “New York money.”“I’m sure he’s going to return all of the money, I’m always open to give him an education on what New York values are all about,” said Cuomo.This is the same Cruz who voted against a Sandy relief bill in the wake of the devastating superstorm that slammed the region in 2012. Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R-TX) can talk all he wants about carpet bombing areas controlled by ISIS, civilian casualties be dammed, without drawing a broad rebuke, but condemning the values of New York is apparently off limits.As Cruz has ascended in the polls, so has his rhetoric against chief rival Donald Trump. Caught in the middle of their childlike spat is New York, or more accurately, the state’s system of “values”—whatever that means.New Yorkers have taken to social media to defend the Big Apple and the Empire State, even reviving the decades-old fabricated beef between Biggie Smalls and Tupac. Cruz, the latest victim of Trump’s birther movement, has also drawn the ire of lawmakers across the state, including Long Island’s most outspoken Congressman.Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who has previously railed against the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, lambasted the Texas senator on Friday.“Memo to Ted Cruz: New York Values are the heroes of 9/11; the cops who fight terror; and the people you ask for campaign donations,” King said in statement through his spokesman.“Go back under a rock,” he added.Cruz’s backfiring quips began with his lashing out against Trump’s “New York values” following the billionaire’s repeated criticism about Cruz’s White House qualifications. Cruz was born in Canada, but his mother is a US citizen.During Thursday night’s GOP debate in South Carolina, Cruz said New York values are akin to being “socially liberal, pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion, focused on money and the media.” That was his way of defending his unprovoked rebuke of New York.New Yorkers used Twitter to remind Cruz of their perseverance after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to defend the New York way of life. The New York Daily News, not one to back down from a challenge, produced a viral cover featuring an appalled Lady Liberty flipping the bird at Cruz and eloquently suggesting he “drop dead” and disappear north of the border.center_img Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Toshiba offloads UK scheme in £170m buyout deal

first_imgIn recent years, there have been a rash of DB schemes transferring their pension liabilities to insurers.Last year, SSE, the energy company, shifted its £1.2bn scheme to Legal & General and Pension Insurance Corporation. Between 2014 and 2016, trustees of the ICI Pension Fund passed an estimated £8bn across to a number of insurers in a series of deals.Building supplies group Kingfisher completed the biggest publicised derisking deal so far this year, insuring £200m in a buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation.Hymans Robertson, the consultancy firm, last year predicted that the bulk annuity market could see approximately £700bn of DB scheme assets and liabilities transferred to insurance companies by 2032.At present, annual transaction volumes stand at between £10bn and £15bn – a figure the consultancy suggested in a recent report could rise to £50bn a year. The overall size of the defined benefit market is estimated to be worth £1.6trn.Rival consultancy group LCP claimed in January that the UK derisking market was at its cheapest level since the financial crisis for those interested in buyouts and buy-ins. Japanese technology giant Toshiba has offloaded its £170m (€193m) UK pension scheme to insurance company Rothesay Life.The Toshiba Pension and Assurance Scheme is the latest in a long line of UK defined benefit (DB) schemes transferring to the insurance sector.The deal covers 1,350 former staff members of Toshiba UK, the British arm of the Japanese multinational, who are based in Plymouth and Guildford.Guy Freeman, co-head of business development at Rothesay Life, said: “The advantages of having a sole trustee in place to secure a bulk annuity were very apparent. Corporate appetite to remove pension risk continues to grow.”last_img read more

Lithuanian LNG reloading station loads first truck

first_imgThe facility performed the operation on Tuesday, October 17, when the first LNG truck from the Polish company Duon arrived at the facility.Klaipedos Nafta carried out a small-scale technical feasibility and risk study in relation to loading LNG trucks, which defines the conditions of accepting and loading LNG trucks at LNG reloading station.Speaking of the event, Klaipedos Nafta’s CEO Mindaugas Jusius said, “the LNG reloading station will guarantee the logistic chain for the Baltic Sea Region countries and market participants while supplying gas to consumers who are not connected to the main gas pipelines.”In October and November, Litgas, Lithuanian natural gas trading company, part of Lietuvos Energia, will supply several hundred cubic meters of LNG to Duon, which means that LNG trucks will begin to constantly arrive at the LNG reloading station owned by Klaipedos Nafta. Image courtesy of Klaipedos NaftaKlaipedos Nafta’s liquefied natural gas reloading station performed the first LNG truck loading operation as the commissioning works at the facility in the port of Klaipėda.last_img read more

Oklahoma State

first_imgI suppose by now you have read about the mess at Oklahoma State.  Allegedly around 2005-2008 the football program was making their own profits by selling drugs.  Several players have come forward saying that drugs were so prevalent in the locker room that everyone had to know what was going on.  Like most stories that appear in major magazines, I am sure this one has been glorified to make it more sensational.  However, it again adds to the perception that some of our major football programs are so corrupt that players run the program instead of the coaches.  It has been the bone of contention for several years now that those conferences that lead the power standings every year recruit anybody that can win them a football game.  If you want to believe some people, some of these players never go to class and are at the University only to win football games.  From some of my previous articles, you know I tend to think somewhat like these people.  If some of our major colleges can never put a winner on the field, there has to be an explanation of why certain players gravitate to certain schools.  There is always the reason given that winning brings the kids and nothing else is the incentive.  Until the NCAA wants to clamp down on all schools alike, it is not going to change.last_img read more

Tim will drive Spurs forward – Levy

first_img Ever since Bill Nicholson led the team to an historic double 52 years ago, Tottenham have been associated with free-flowing, attacking football. Spurs fans laud heroes like Ossie Ardiles, Glenn Hoddle and Jurgen Klinsmann for delivering such football. Gareth Bale produced that kind of magic three seasons ago against Inter Milan, and he did the same again last year during what was a truly phenomenal campaign for the Wales star. This season Spurs have lacked any such zest. The team were a lot more slow and methodical in their build-up play. They scored just 12 league goals from open play under Villas-Boas this term. Sherwood, who played nearly 100 times for the club between 1999 and 2003, is totally wedded to Spurs’ attacking philosophy. That became evident on Sunday when he threw caution to the wind at St Mary’s Stadium. Sandro and Etienne Capoue were left out of the starting XI and in came Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Gylfi Sigurdsson – each one of them attack-minded players. Spurs won a thrilling match 3-2. The gamble paid off. Levy will be hoping his own punt does not backfire. Daniel Levy is sure Tim Sherwood will bring success and excitement back to Tottenham after handing the novice coach an 18-month contract to become the club’s new manager. Levy, usually known for his measured and calculated approach in the transfer market, took a big gamble on Monday night when he appointed Sherwood as Tottenham’s new head coach. Sherwood had been touted for the role on an interim basis until the end of the season, but the Tottenham chairman handed the former Spurs midfielder a deal until the summer of 2015. The 44-year-old’s only previous experience in management has been with the club’s youth teams. Acclaimed managers like Louis van Gaal, Fabio Capello, Guus Hiddink and Frank De Boer were all mentioned as possible successors to Andre Villas-Boas, but Levy has taken a punt on Sherwood and he is more than happy with his decision. “We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to so in the club’s best interests,” Levy told Tottenham’s website. “We have a great squad and we owe them a head coach who will bring out the best in them and allow them to flourish and enjoy a strong, exciting finish to the season. “We are in the fortunate position of having within our club a talented coach in Tim Sherwood. “We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward.” A large number of Spurs fans were annoyed with Levy for sacking Villas-Boas, but the promise of bringing excitement back to White Hart Lane will strike a chord with even the most disgruntled supporter. Tottenham’s motto – Audere est Facere (To dare is to do) sums up how Spurs fans want to see their team play. Press Associationlast_img read more

Two more gold medals for Phelps; Hosszu and Ledecky march on

first_imgBy Mark Trevelyan, Alan Baldwin and Amy TenneryRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – Michael Phelps won two gold medals on Tuesday, avenging his 200 metres butterfly defeat from the London Olympics and then anchoring the U.S. 4×200 freestyle team to victory on a night of high drama and emotion in the pool.Katie Ledecky of the United States won her second gold medal of the meeting and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu her third, extending their dominance of women’s swimming in feats that on any other day would have grabbed top billing.Instead it was Phelps, the most successful Olympian of all-time, who stole the limelight, extending his career medal tally to 25 by adding gold medals 20 and 21.In the 200 butterfly, he touched the wall in one minute 53.36 seconds to beat Japan’s Masato Sakai by 0.04 seconds, with Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi taking the bronze. Chad Le Clos of South Africa, Phelps’ conqueror four years ago, finished fourth.Phelps, who had announced his retirement after London but launched a comeback in 2014, then celebrated by climbing into the stands to embrace his fiancée Nicole and kiss his baby son Boomer.Seventy-five minutes after racing, he was back in the water to swim the final leg of the 4×200 freestyle after Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas and Ryan Lochte had built a lead of 1.76 seconds.The Americans touched in 7:00.66, with Britain second in 7:03.13 and Japan in third after James Guy overhauled Takeshi Matsuda on the final leg.For Phelps, the butterfly victory was especially sweet after the sting of the London defeat, where he misjudged his final lunge for the wall to let Le Clos steal the gold medal.“I’m just thankful, that’s for sure, I wanted that one back,” he said.“That event was kind of like my bread and butter, and that was the last time I’ll ever swim it … There wasn’t a shot in hell I was losing it. And if I did, every ounce that I had was left in the pool.“Just being able to see the number one next to my name again one more time in the 200 fly – I couldn’t have scripted it any better.”LEDECKY PUSHEDIn the women’s races, Ledecky, 19, pipped Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and Australia’s Emma McKeon to win the 200 freestyle, on top of her victory in the 400 on Sunday.She is the overwhelming favourite to add the 800 title later this week, an event in which she is totally dominant, and to achieve a treble at those three distances that no woman has managed since American Debbie Meyer in Mexico City in 1968.In what might qualify as a ‘too much information’ moment, Ledecky underlined how gruelling the contest had been.“Pretty sure that’s the closest I’ve come to throwing up in the middle of a race,” the teenager said. “I’m just so glad I got my hand on the wall first.”Hungary’s Hosszu, who, despite five world titles had come away empty-handed from three previous Olympics, won her third gold medal with victory in the women’s 200 individual medley.The 27-year-old, who set an Olympic record of 2:06.58, had already won the 400 individual medley on Saturday and 100 backstroke on Monday.Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor took silver, with Maya DiRado of the U.S. winning a bronze to add to her silver in the longer distance.Hosszu, the ‘Iron Lady’ who withdrew from the 200 butterfly earlier on Tuesday to prepare for the individual medley final, is entered in one more individual event, the 200 backstroke.If she wins that she would equal the women’s record of four solo swimming gold at a single Games set by East Germany’s Kristin Otto in Seoul in 1988.last_img read more

Egypt win shootout to reach Africa Cup of Nations final

first_imgEGYPT reached the Africa Cup of Nations final after beating Burkina Faso 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.Veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary proved Egypt’s hero, saving Bertrand Traore’s spot-kick to secure victory.In normal time Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for Egypt when he curled a superb shot into the top left corner.Burkina Faso became the first side to score against Egypt this tournament when Aristide Bance chested down Charles Kabore’s cross and volleyed in.The Burkinabe, who were the more adventurous and ambitious side throughout normal play, took an immediate advantage in the shootout.Goalkeeper Herve Koffi, only 20 years old, magnificently pushed Abdallah El Said’s spot-kick on to the post.But he later tasted despair when he stepped up to take his side’s fourth penalty and was unable to beat El Hadary – who at 24 years his senior is the oldest Nations Cup player in history.El Hadary’s experience – he now has a chance to win his fifth African title – proved vital as he then saved Bertrand Traore’s effort to send Burkina Faso home.It was a dramatic end to a game that was cagey, thanks to Egypt’s predominately defensive approach which had served them well and meant they had not leaked a goal going into the match.Two moments of excellent football provided the breakthroughs for the teams – Salah’s curling opener was sublime as was the chest control and volley from Bance that restored parity.Otherwise the football was not quite of the highest standard, with Koffi largely a bystander.While El Hadary was called on more often, he was relatively comfortable in keeping out shots from Prejuce Nakoulma and Banou Diawara.Egypt’s victory continues their remarkable success rate in Nations Cup semi-finals. They have now won their last six.In clinching victory in Libreville they equal Ghana’s record of appearing in eight finals.And if on Sunday they beat the winner of today’s semi-final between Cameroon and Ghana, Egypt will extend their own record as the most successful Nations Cup side with an eighth title. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

USG Senate approves community block party funding

first_imgThe USC Community Block Party received funding at the Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting Tuesday night. Brianna Thorpe, USG director of community affairs, presented the funding request.The community event will take place Feb. 21 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and aims to unite students with residents of local neighborhoods. Additionally, the event wants to showcase the work that USC students do to better the lives of people who live and work in the local community surrounding USC.The Block Party would include music, family-friendly activities and food provided by local vendors such as Three World Cafe and Simply Wholesome. It would also include appearances from L.A. City Councilman Curren Price Jr., USG President Rini Sampath, and world-famous Zumba instructor Bianca Miyazaki. USG, the Environmental Student Association and Program Board will have their own booths, providing activities during the event.Thorpe argued that the Senate funding is necessary for the public event to take place, as she had exhausted all other sources of funding, including $1,800 from Program Board.Senator Dan Li proposed Senate provide full funding because Senate funds can’t rollover to the next semester, and also avoid forcing Thorpe to go through the bureaucratic fundraising process.“I think we should give all the money Brianna is asking for, because we don’t get to keep any of the money we don’t use.” Li said. “We should make this process easier by funding this project today.”Sen. Sabrina Enriquez, agreed with the point Li made earlier, highlighting the cyclical nature of funding requests within USG.“She’ll be asking Program Board for money,” Enriquez said. “It’s all coming from the same pockets. Program Board will come to us for funding.”The vote to fully fund the Community Block Party passed, with three votes against.The Senate also saw presentations from the Latino Student Assembly, the Professional and Academic Funding Board, and heard of a potential resolution on making USC a smoke-free campus.last_img read more

Hard work pays off for versatile UW volleyball player Annemarie Hickey

first_imgWith a background as an attacker, sophomore Annemarie Hickey worked diligently over the offseason to become the defensive specialist she was recruited to be. As a result of her work ethic, Hickey has becomes the Big Ten leader in digs per set with 5.08.[/media-credit]When head coach Pete Waite first recruited the then-highly touted Annemarie Hickey, he saw a promising defensive talent.“We saw Anne as a defensive player and eventually our libero,” Waite said. “She was an outside hitter through high school and one of the top players in Illinois as an outside hitter. Despite her size, she was a phenomenal attacker.”The fact that Hickey was only 5-foot-8 made no difference in high school, as she led Joliet Catholic Academy Angels to Illinois State 3A titles in 2008 and 2009 as an outside hitter. Hickey was also named the 2009 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year after a fantastic senior season, where she led the Angels to a 41-1 record.During her freshman year at Wisconsin, Hickey was assigned the role of a defensive specialist. It was a change Hickey was expecting due to her lack of height to square off with some of the larger players in the conference.“I knew I wasn’t going to be tall enough to hit in the Big Ten,” Hickey said. “When I came to Wisconsin, they told me my role was going to be either as a defensive specialist or libero. They said I’d have to make the transition, that it might take some hard time but that’s what my role was going to be.”Waite said the transition may have had its growing pains, but he saw glimpses early last fall of Hickey’s talent and the promise she offered as a defensive player.“Last year was a transition for her because she had always been an all-around player in the frontcourt and backcourt,” Waite said. “We had a senior libero at the time so we didn’t put her there right away. Even mid-fall last year we were starting to see signs of her athleticism and ball control that had us excited to put her in that new role this year.”This season, as a sophomore, Hickey has started in every match for the Badgers at libero, a switch that Waite and Hickey spoke of early in the year.“Once spring season came we talked about it,” Hickey said. “He told me I was going to have competition for the spot once the fall girls came in and that I needed to step up my game. There were downfalls and some rough times for me when I was getting used to the position.“I really wanted that spot to be mine so I practiced really hard and offseason. I kept having meetings with coach to ask what he needed from me and what I needed to do to help the team, and from there I just worked as hard as I could.”That hard work has paid off.After 48 sets this season, Hickey leads the Big Ten in digs per set at an impressive 5.08. What makes the statistic even more impressive is the fact that the four players in the conference trailing her are almost all upperclassmen and multi-year starters.To Waite, the early success partially stems from Hickey’s background as an attacker.“She’s got that attacker’s mentality,” Waite said. “Now that she’s on the other side of that she can read hitters and anticipate some of the things they’re going to do because she’s done that herself.”Another characteristic that Waite pointed to was Hickey’s desire to succeed.“She hates to lose,” Waite said. “That’s a big thing for all athletes. Anybody can love to win but if you hate to lose you’ll work your butt off to make changes to make your game better. In our recent matches some of the biggest hitters on the other side of the net have been swinging her way and she’s been controlling those balls well for us so far.”While the Badger coaching staff may have expected this early success, Hickey did not. For Hickey, the team comes above any individual glory.“I didn’t see this happening so soon,” Hickey said. “But right now I’m just focusing on helping the team win, not statistics. What I think makes me so successful is the fact that I don’t want to lose, that I give everything I have to try to win every match. I’ll do whatever it takes to get a win for the team.“I don’t think of publicity or getting recognized, all I think about is what I have to do to help the team win and get on to the next goal.”last_img read more